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Best Gaming Laptops for Football Manager 2021

Best LAptops For Football Manager 2021

We will explore different laptop options at different price points that can run Football Manager 2021 at either maximum or adjusted settings.


Football Manager 2021 (FM 2021) promises to be another great entry to the series that brings a host of new features. Thankfully, the latest offering still has manageable system requirements which is a sigh of relief for fans of the series.

What to consider in a laptop for playing FM2021?


It has been established that FM 2021 is not a resource-intensive game. This means that it should work well on older laptops as well. That being said, as the laptop grows older, its performance drops below its specifications. It would not be out of the ordinary to experience a few minor issues like the occasional lag when playing FM 2021 on an older system. If you want to further research whether your laptop can run FM 2021 smoothly or not, you may want to consider the aspects discussed below.

Many feel that the graphics card is the main factor for successfully running a game on a system. In the case of Football Manager 2021, it plays a significant role only if you plan to play FM21 in 3D. The graphic cards is responsible for rendering the 3D objects and their related animations. Most laptops either offer a dedicated graphic card, from companies like AMD and NVidia, or an integrated card which maybe from Intel. In the newer models of laptops, the integrated cards are more than capable of running FM 21 while older laptops, from 3-4 years back, with dedicated cards should be able to run the game well.

The processor is another equally important parameter when it comes to running games on the laptop. In the long run, an Intel i5 or above from a recent generation would be good enough to remain usable for a few years down the line. It is the processor that offers the integrated graphic card chip so, from the processor specs, you can give insight about the available integrated card as well.

RAM mostly comes into play for FM if you plan to multitask while playing FM21. FM 2021 has modest RAM requirements which means that older laptops which normally came with a 4 GB RAM should handle the game well. In this day and age, 8 GB RAM is a decent option that can manage moderate multitasking while playing FM 2021. If you plan to run a RAM hungry app while playing FM 2021 then 16 GB RAM may be recommended.

One optional factor to consider while looking at the specifications is the presence of an SSD. SSDs are normally found in higher-end laptops as they are expensive in comparison to HDDs. The only benefit that you get for having an SSD is that Football Manager 2021 would load quicker when it is launched from an SSD. Other than that, the gaming experience would pretty much be the same as the one you may have on an HDD.

Football Manager 2021 - System Requirements


As reiterated earlier, the below requirements show that FM 2021 can run on the majority of recent laptops.

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    • FM21 Minimum System Requirements Windows
      • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
        OS: Windows 7 (SP1), 8/8.1, 10 (Update 1903/May 2019 or later) – 64-bit
        Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD Athlon 64 – 1.8 GHz +
        Memory: 4 GB RAM
        Graphics: Intel GMA X4500, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 – 256MB VRAM
        DirectX: Version 11
        Storage: 7 GB available space
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    • FM21 Minimum System Requirements Mac OS X
      • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
        OS: 10.13.6, 10.14.6, 10.15.5, 11 – 64-bit
        Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo – 1.8 GHz +
        Memory: 4 GB RAM
        Graphics: Intel GMA X4500, NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or AMD/ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 – 256MB VRAM macOS 10.14 and later requires Metal API: Version 1 macOS 10.13
        requires OpenGL: Version 2.1
        Storage: 7 GB available space

FM 2021 is a great option as a laptop game because it does not consume a lot of resources. It is a common problem with graphic intensive games that they cause laptops to overheat. With FM 2021, you will not face such problems and you can manage to have an extensive FM2021 session without any overheating.

Below is a list of possible laptops you can buy in different price brackets.

Cheap Laptops For Football Manager 2021 (Under £400)


All of the laptops below are below £400.00. They should all run the game just fine with minimal in-game lag. Some settings can be tweaked in-game to lower the graphics processing usage, which will also help with performance.

Recommended optimal setup for your save with these laptops should be no more than 2-3 playable leagues combined with a large database.

Computer CPU RAM Storage Graphics Price
Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U 8GB RAM 128GB SSD AMD View On Amazon
ASUS VivoBook R465JA
Intel Core i3-1005G1 4GB RAM 128GB PCIe SSD Intel HD Graphics View On Amazon

Best Laptops For Football Manager 2021 (Under £700)


If you want a computer with a little more power behind it and a computer that won't need to be upgraded in a couple of years, consider these laptops with a budget between £400-£700.

These laptops will easily run a save of 5-10 playable leagues combined with a large player database. Also, your graphic detail can run the 3D match engine in the highest quality.

Computer CPU RAM Storage Graphics Price
HP Pavilion 15-dk1007na

Intel Core i5-10300H 8 GB RAM 512 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti https://amzn.to/2GQyEMm View On Amazon
Acer Aspire 5 A515-55

Intel Core i5-1035G1 8GB RAM 512GB SSD Intel View On Amazon
HP 255 G7

AMD Ryzen 5 8GB RAM 256GB SSD AMD View On Amazon
HP Pavilion 15-ec1001na

AMD Ryzen 5 4600H 8 GB RAM 500 SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 View On Amazon
Acer Aspire 7 A715-75G

Intel Core i5-9300H 8GB RAM 512GB SSD NVIDIA GTX 1650 View On Amazon
ASUS TUF FA506

AMD Ryzen 5 4600H 8 GB DDR4 RAM 256 GB PCI-e SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 View On Amazon
HUAWEI MateBook D 14

AMD Ryzen 5 8 GB DDR4 RAM 512 GB SSD Radeon View On Amazon

High-End Laptops For Football Manage 2021 (Under £1,200)


High-End laptops are beast machines that can run most games well. You won't struggle to run Football Manager 2021 at all with any of these machines since they are finely tuned to run intensive graphical games.

Optimal setup, play the game with most of the leagues and all the players loaded without any real issues. 3D match engine will also run smoothly super smooth.

Computer CPU RAM Storage Graphics Price
Acer Predator Helios 300

Intel 6-Core i7-8750H 16 GB 256 GB SSD GeForce GTX 1060 6GB View On Amazon
ASUS X509JA

Intel Core i7-1065G7 Processor 8GB RAM 256GB PCI-e SSD Intel View On Amazon
HUAWEI MateBook D 15

Core i5-10210U 8GB RAM 256GB SSD Intel View On Amazon
Razer Blade 15

Intel Core i7-9750H 16GB 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti View On Amazon
ASUS TUF FA706II

AMD Ryzen 5 4600H 8GB RAM 512G PCI-e SSD Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650Ti 4GB View On Amazon
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 IIL

Intel Core i7-1065G7 16GB RAM 512GB SSD Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650Ti 4GB View On Amazon

Our recommended laptops for FM21


Let's take an in-depth look at some of the laptops we've listed on this page. Here we'll discuss the advantages of using these laptops when playing Football Manager 2021.

These are the three laptops that we recommend and some use for playing ourselves.

ASUS TUF FX504



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    • Laptop Specs
      • 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
        Storage 256 GB SSD
        RAM 8 GB RAM
        Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB
        Price View on Amazon

The Asus TUF FX504 is a powerful upper mid-range laptop that will satisfy even the more demanding users. Your FM 2021 should run on the highest settings with ease on this laptop. The GTX 1050 is powerful enough to render FM21 at a high framerate, so you shall have a smooth experience of the 3D match engine. Moreover, the presence of the SSD would mean that the game would load quickly as well, even with all the custom graphics added to the game, such as player faces.

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Dell G5



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    • Laptop Specs
      • CPU- 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8300H
        Storage 1TB HDD + 128GB Solid State Drive
        RAM 8GB DDR4 at 2666MHz
        Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
        Price View on Amazon

The Dell G5 is a great option for gaming in general and, as expected, it does a pretty good job of running FM 2021. The GTX 1050 Ti is more than capable of handling the graphics of FM 2021. On the other hand, the presence of 8GB RAM means that you can even run other applications in the background while playing FM 2021

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Lenovo L340



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    • Laptop Specs
      • CPU 8th Generation Intel Dual Core i3-8345U
        Storage 1TB HDD
        RAM 16GB DDR4 RAM
        Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620
        Price View on Amazon

The L340 is a relatively low priced laptop that can run FM 2021 with ease. The 16 GB RAM is more than enough for running FM 2021 along with a couple of apps in the background. Since it has an integrated graphics card and it basically borrows memory from the RAM, the 16 GB is an ample amount that ensures that the leftover RAM is more than enough.


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